Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I went to the shelter today to pick out a cat for Helen, one of my newest foster parents.  I hate when I can choose "anybody", because I have to greet each cat at the shelter, and they all seem so desperate worthy.

I stopped suddenly when I saw "Misty":
She had been abandoned at the shelter when her owner passed away suddenly.  Misty had lost everything.  The only thing Misty had left was a collar with a purple heart that says "Misty" with a phone number that is no longer in service.  Somebody loved this full figured girl.

I'm always so teary-eyed when a cat like Misty is rescued.  Her gratitude was overwhelming and I could hear her purring from outside the door.  I put her in my son's old room where there was only a box spring left and a few empty boxes - remnants that a teenager once lived in the room.  I hadn't gotten around to cleaning it yet,  but the sun was streaming through the windows and she seemed very happy with the quilts I put over the top of the box spring. 

If this isn't gratitude, I don't know what is:

Tomorrow, she's going to Helen's house and be spoiled rotten.  You're welcome, Misty.  You're very welcome.  :)


TK and Squashies said...

My mommy has a leaky face. It is so wonderful that you could help Misty! It must be so confusing to lose your human and not know why.

selkie said...

Beth, like you, while ALL cats deserve a chance at being loved and cherished, there is something so poignant and sad about the ones that HAVE been loved and are confused and lonely and heartbroken that their lives have been so terribly altered.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I'm crying...

You *always* break my heart with these black and white's :-)

I'm so glad Misty has been rescued, she looks adorable :-)

Cindy, Bertie, Sammy and Malley

Kathie said...

I have been following your blog for awhile now and have to tell you how much I appreciate your loving efforts on behalf of those who have no voice. I am also a rescuer who volunteers for a non-profit. I have 13 resident cats at my home, all who were abandoned for one stupid reason or another. I am retired and on limited income but my cats are well fed and vaccinated, neutered or spayed and get a lions share of love. Yes it is possible to give attention to each one equally. Thanks on behalf of ll of the discarded.
PS I cried when I read about Lane, Helen seems like such a wonderful person and he would have had a good life with her. Happy to hear she will foster for you.

Debbie said...

Saw your ad in the local paper!!!!!

Caroline said...

My what a beautiful, shiny coat we have! Glad Misty got out!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Awe - she most defintely looks ever so gratful!

Robin Sarafinchan said...

Beth, your posts this week have turned a crappy week into a great one. I saw Misty on Sunday, my heart went out to her and all the ones with collars who were obviously loved at some point. Cross your fingers, I'm getting closer to convincing my husband we should foster. My niece is loving little Luna.

Lisa said...

So sweet! What a lucky girl.

Anonymous said...

I happen to be one of the people who saw your add in the local paper this morning while having breakfast with my mom and our lazy cat Max. I immediately went to your site, and saw that you rescue from high kill shelters and decided that is probably the best thing to do.

I'm from Oakville and looking for a somewhat local high kill shelter to get our next kitty from. Please let me know if you know of any/ where you get yours.

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: Wow! What an exciting comment. I rescue from a shelter where there is NEVER a shortage of cats. They euthanized more than a dozen this morning due to overcrowding. (Imagine what it's like in the summer, when 50+ cats PER DAY) come in!

There are no public adoptions at this shelter, so if you'd like to adopt from there, please contact me directly and I'll be happy to escort you in to find the right kitty! (They permit rescues to come in)

Give me a call at 289-837-0794. (The rescue phone line)

Thanks so much!